Actor Wesley Snipes was ordered Wednesday to voluntarily surrender at a federal prison in Pennsylvania next week to start his three-year sentence for failing to pay taxes.
The judge determined that Snipes had received a fair trial and a fair sentence for tax evasion. Snipes was cleared of charges of conspiracy, maintaining that he was misled. He was, however, found guilty of three misdemeanor counts of tax evasion, which carries a maximum sentence of one year in jail. The star of the “Blade” series was given the maximum sentence possible because of the sheer amount of money involved, which amounted to more than $1 million. Between 2001 and 2010, Wesley Snipes earned more than $38 million.
For easy math lets say that Snipes shorted Uncle Sam a mere Million bucks. That's bad. He should have to pay it. Should he have to go to jail for 3 years for it? That's roughly a day in jail for every $1,000 he forgot to pay. Is this what prisons are for? I could understand, a least somewhat, if he couldn't pay the back taxes but he can.
Now we all know about this administration's members and their difficulty with paying taxes. Of course, once the light is shined on their sin they do pay them. Why can't an American Treasure like Mr. Snipes get the same treatment? Did Geithner, Dashel, or Rangle go to prison?
If an actor fails to pay their taxes is at as bad as when a politician fails to pay there taxes? To me when a politician fails to pay their fair share it's like catching a T.V. Evangelist cheating on his wife and doing lines of coke off the shaft of a underage male escort. When an actor breaks the law it's like...Tuesday.